Second Chance Series

Martha Stewart’s Regret; Jobs (Film); Hot Gynecologist; Obama at Bookshop

Martha Stewart’s Regret

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When I released the first book in the Second Chance series last week, I had a lot of people tell me about regrets in life they’ve had, and how it would be interesting to get a second chance. So when I saw this article with video about Martha Stewart’s one big regret I thought I’d post it as a good example of how everyone has one or two things they might want to change about their lives, if given a second chance.

Stewart also has a new book out. You can read more here, and there are links about the book.

As for Second Chance (‘s) I’ve decided to release one more second chance Christmas story before the holidays, which I’ll be posting about very soon.

You can find my first book in the Second Chance series here.

Jobs (film)

When I read the bio about Steve Jobs a year or so ago I posted about it here. One of the things about Jobs I’ve always found interesting was that his sister, Mona Simpson, wrote one of my favorite novels of all time back in the 80’s…Anywhere But Here. Jobs didn’t know Simpson was his sister until later in life because he’d been put up for adoption. And I find it fascinating that two siblings who never knew each other growing up, and lived completely separate lives, would both wind up doing great things. Coincidence? I don’t think so. But I never get metaphysical here on the blog (unless I’m casting a curse on a book reviewer 🙂 and I’m not going to start now.

As you can see from the link above, I kept my book review for the Jobs bio short and sweet. So I’m going to do that with the film, “Jobs,” too. I loved it. I thought they captured the early years perfectly. I thought Ashton Kutcher portrayed Jobs better than anyone I can imagine off hand. And I thought the tech angle was handled well for people who don’t understand much about techology but know enough to understand how Steve Jobs did, indeed, change the world. It’s not a love story and it didn’t have the typical Hollywood guy gets girl angle. The relationships in Jobs’ life were played down and the focus was more about his business and how hard he worked for perfection. And that really was what he was all about from what I’ve read over the years. Not everyone is wired to sit on the front porch swing and enjoy the sunset and all those simple things in life we’re always told mean so much. And thank God some aren’t, otherwise we’d all still be reading print books and rolling up car windows manually.

Here’s a great link where you can read 10 things about Steve Jobs you didn’t know. It’s totally unrelated to the film, but there are a few interesting points, Mona Simpson is mentioned, and the comment thread is filled with some of the most glorious cyber-idiots I’ve seen in a long time.

Here’s one comment I found amusing, because the blogger deleted a comment for use of profanity and because he wanted to keep the comment thread civil. Evidently, “Joe,” didn’t like that. He thinks blog comments are about free speech.

 Blocking an IP for someone using profanity? Seems way overboard and knee jerk to me especially for someone that forgives a liar, thief, and dead beat dad. I guess making money negates all of that.

Hot  Gynecologist

This link is as short and sweet as my review of the Jobs film, but it’s worth checking out. There’s a pictorial of one of the hottest gynecologists on the planet, Manuel Rico.

It states he’s also the 2010 Spanish Beauty King.

You can read more here. I wish I could share at least one pic, but we’re living in dangerous times with photo sharing and copyrights. It’s not like any of these photos will ever make anyone a great deal of money, and yet they hold onto the copyrights as if they’re holding the secrets of the holy grail.

I think I need an appointment with Rico. I’m having pelvic pain.

Obama at Bookshop

I think I remember reading the President did the same thing last year with his daughters, around Thanksgiving. In any event, he went to a brick and mortar bookshop last weekend, again, with his kids, and took advantage of a photo-op.

President Barack Obama celebrated Small Business Saturday by taking his two daughters on a trip to the Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose.

What surprises me most is that these things are always well-planned. They are always set up for various reasons, most of which are security. And with all the recent issues dealing with the government healthcare web site (I got very lucky and my health insurance was not canceled, so I’m safe for now) I was surprised to see Obama at a brick and mortar bookshop, and with his kids. I think his daughters are young adults now. And if they are anything like the young adults in my family they are reading their books on tablets, phones, or dedicated e-readers. That’s what people their age do. Or in some cases even laptops…now considered the old fashioned way. So why Obama would go to a brick and mortar bookshop instead of a radio shack franchise (or any small tech shop) to buy an e-reading device suggests his staff might be a little out of touch with Americans, and it also might suggest it’s one reason why our government can’t launch a viable web site like Amazon, or even Sears. But I could be wrong about that. I’m not very political and I haven’t even looked at the government web site once. I just think it makes the President look a little dated (out of touch) to be seen in a brick and mortar bookshop, and I think it would have been better for his image if his staff had suggested a trip to a tech store this year. Please keep comments civil on this issue. I don’t have anything against the President, or brick and mortar bookshops. But I do wonder about the people Obama surrounds himself with.  

New Release: "Second Chance" Gay Romance .99 E-Book

New Release: “Second Chance” Gay Romance .99 E-Book

Update: Just went live on Amazon, here.

The first book in the “Second Chance” series just went live and I’ll post the links I have. It will be available at all venues where e-books are sold eventually. It’s hard to pinpoint an Amazon release because the time it takes varies from book to book. But for now it’s definitely on Smashwords and Allromanceebooks.com.

For more information you can read previous posts here, and here, where I’ve shared the blurb and a fairly long excerpt. I think the most interesting part of writing this book was that it’s set for the most part in the year 1950 when life was very different for gay men. There is more innocence, especially with sexual content. And gay men were more guarded in those days, to the point of total denial.

Stay tuned for more new releases coming soon. I have about four books with publishers that haven’t been release yet, including one that’s over 117,000 words and another that’s a Christmas romance from the Glendora Hill series.

Cover Preview Second Chance; Nude Gay Rugby Players

Cover Preview Second Chance

I’ve been going back and forth with the cover artist I use for indie books and this is what we came up with as a tentative cover for a new series I’m working on titled Second Chance. It still hasn’t been finalized, but I’m fairly certain this will be as close to the final as it gets. Although I have several full length books (four, I think, including a Christmas novel) with publishers coming out soon, I’ve been working on this series in my spare time because I haven’t had a self-pubbed release in a couple of months. And I wanted to do a series this time that focuses on the fantasy of second chances and getting the opportunity to do things over again…if that’s what someone wants to do. The choice is always there. But whether or not the characters will change the course of their lives and take the second chance remains to be seen.

Here’s the blurb for the first book in the series. It’s a 20,000 word novella that will be priced at .99 and released in digital only format. I’m hoping for a release date in early December, which I’ll post about very soon.

In this first novella of the Second Chance series, an older gay man who has lived a closeted life for ninety-two years is presented with choices one last time. Who hasn’t wondered how things might have turned out if only they’d made one or two different choices in their lives? Who hasn’t contemplated what it would be like for the chance to do things all over again a different way, if only that were possible?

When ninety-two year old Andy Walker shuffles out to his beloved vegetable garden one morning in June, he gets the surprise of his life. He winds up in the last place he could ever imagine, with the man of his dreams telling him there’s still time for a second chance and there’s still time for him to choose a different path than the one he’s already followed…but only if he’s willing to take the risk and revisit one of the most pivotal and painful moments of his life. There are no guarantees or promises of happily-ever-after, and no one can make Andy’s choices for him. But if he agrees to return to the year 1950 when he was still young and strong and handsome, only he will know whether or not it’s possible to alter the course of his entire life thanks to one unusual encounter with a stranger named Chip.
Nude Gay Rugby Players
Gay Rugby Club, The Nashville Grizzlies, have released their annual calendar. What I like most about things like this is that the men are real, not exaggerated models like so many of the irritating photos I see on social media all the time. I think there’s a balance between a lot of these over-produced photos of nude or shirtless muscle gods and genuinely good looking real men, with good bodies, and real faces. Maybe I’m jaded and I’ve seen too many naked men in my lifetime, but the way people drool over some of these social media photos makes me really wonder. I even tried to find a more normal looking model for the cover above, after rejecting a long list of photos with men who had bodies I thought looked way over the top.
But these rugby guys in the calendar are adorable:  
The annual calendar is always a fun event for our team,” Mark Pilkington, Vice President of the Nashville Grizzlies, told The Huffington Post. “This year’s calendar allows many of our guys to incorporate the sport of rugby into some very artistic photos. The proceeds from the calendar will help us toward our goal of sending as many guys as possible to Sydney for the Bingham Cup. The Bingham Cup is an experience like no other and to be able to play rugby and fellowship with teams from around the world is something we are all looking forward to.”
You can read more here, where you can view the players and there’s a link to where you can purchase the calendar. And it’s a good charity. I didn’t know about the Bingham Cup or about the event honoring Mark Bingham, a gay man who was one of the heroes on flight 93 on September 11, 2001.